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dangle (something) before (someone)

To try to entice someone with something. Dad dangled a few twenties before us, but we told him he'd have to pay more to get us to clean out the whole garage.
See also: before, dangle

dangle (something) in front of (one)

To try to entice one with something. Dad dangled a few twenties in front of us, but we told him he'd have to pay more to get us to clean out the whole garage.
See also: dangle, front, of

dangle a carrot in front of (one)

To try to entice one with the promise of a reward. Dad's going to have to dangle a carrot in front of us if he wants us to clean out the whole garage.
See also: carrot, dangle, front, of

dangle from (something)

To hang loosely from something, as if likely to fall. Can you secure that picture before it falls? It's just dangling from the nail.
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vulgar slang A penis. I don't want to see your dingle-dangle—pull up your pants!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dangle from something

to hang from something. A number of colorful glass balls dangled from the branches of the tree. Some loose threads dangled from the bottom of his jacket.
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dangle something before someone

 and dangle something in front of someone 
1. Lit. to tempt someone by dangling a tempting object in front of them. Don't dangle that string of pearls infront of me unless you intend to give them to me!
2. Fig. to lure someone with something. He dangled the keys before Wally, hoping to get him to drive. He dangled the money in front of Eric, hoping to make him change his mind.
See also: before, dangle

dangle something from something

to hang something loosely from something else. She dangled a few small bells from the bottom of her skirt during the holidays. I dangled a bit of fish from the window so I could see how high the cat would jump.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

dangle a carrot in front of someone


offer someone a carrot

COMMON If you dangle a carrot in front of someone or offer them a carrot, you try to persuade them to do something by offering them a reward. The team have dangled a $17 million carrot in front of the Italian to remain in North America. He is to offer the public a new carrot by reducing petrol prices. Note: The words carrot, dangle and offer are used in other structures and expressions with a similar meaning. Tax cuts may be offered as a carrot to voters ahead of the next election. The money's dangling there like a huge carrot, and you want to grab it. Note: The image here is of someone encouraging a donkey to move forward by holding a carrot in front of it.
See also: carrot, dangle, front, of, someone
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012


n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) Come on, Billy. Shake your dingle and put it away.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Not only that but in her haste to get on stage she seems to have got caught up in one of those dangly curtains that everyone's nan had over their kitchen door in the 70s.
The human body, with all its dangly bits, is such an ungainly object that I started wondering if there were any dances which would be remotely dignified by being performed in the buff?
I was completely naked and dangling my putter just in front of my own dangly bits, and it all took place in total silence, the hushed tones of Dennis Taylor occasionally whispering "Ooh, where's the cue ball going?" providing the only audio backdrop (I'd like to point out that Dennis wasn't with me in the room inspecting my putting stroke - he was commentating on Snooker Extra).
To never really be able to wear dangly earrings because it was a bit too much fuss around the facial area.
Hannah says: "Accessories are key to the Edie look, in particular huge dangly earrings." Try Freedom at Topshops' range or Diva at Miss Selfridge for some dangly dazzlers.
The 24-year-old, originally from Cardiff, appears on screen wearing a black velvet top and dangly earrings alongside one of her pet dogs.
I had a bright cummerbund, and I wore dangly earrings with it, and I had a very interesting experience.
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The hotel inspector and small business saviour packs her pashminas and dangly earrings for a tour of her ancestral roots.
London, Feb 20 (ANI): A pupil in Britain has been expelled and three others have been suspended for their involvement in a sick prank - he and his friends took a picture of one of them putting their dangly bits in a teacher's mug.
Will he be able to swallow his pride, avoid losing an eye to Alex's dangly earrings and save his mini-empire?
It shows a detailed black-andwhite outline of the body - including all the dangly bits - right down to any piercings.
Accessorising the Boho look is also easy - look out for big bangles, long chains with large stones; and dangly earrings.
who was the first person to look at a cow and think, 'I'll squeeze those dangly things and taste what comes out'?
George Carter-Stephenson's beard has either shrunk during washing, or been reduced by a razor, while Kate Bex, his junior, has replaced her dangly earrings with less dangly ones.